It was a day of milestones for the Shoremen hockey team as they took on Lakewood High School in the semi-finals of the Baron Cup lll. The 2-1 victory provides the team with the opportunity to win the first Baron Cup in school history. It was also the 24th win of the season (24-6 overall) , eclipsing the previous single season school record for wins that was set last year.
Avon Lake dominated the first period and outshot the Rangers 24-4, but the teams were deadlocked at 0-0 at the first intermission. Avon Lake finally solved the Lakewood goalie, who played tremendously throughout the game, at the 14:38 mark of the second period. Senior captain Jared Aslaksen scored his 11th goal in the last 5 games and 28th of the season after some hard work by senior defenseman Connor Koncelik. Senior captain Patrick Graney scored his 22nd goal of the season just 57 seconds later to give Avon Lake a 2-0 lead. Koncelik also assisted on that goal, giving him a team-leading 29 on the season. Despite peppering the Lakewood goalie with 65 shots, those were the only two goals that the Shoremen could get by him. Lakewood scored late in the third period and Avon Lake was whistled for two penalties that made for a dramatic ending. Avon Lake was short-handed and Lakewood pulled their goalie for the last minute of the game. Fortunately for the Shoremen, the foursome of Aslaksen, Koncelik, junior Tim Lubertozzi and freshman Isaac Young stayed strong and limited Lakewood scoring chances. Sophomore goaltender Dillon Aslaksen sealed the win with a few important saves in the closing seconds of the contest. He turned aside 9 of 10 shots for the first Baron Cup playoff victory of his career. He improved to 8-3 overall on the season.
Avon Lake has little time to rest as the Baron Cup lll Championship will be played on Sunday February 10th at Brooklyn’s Coyne Recreation Center. The puck drops at 1:00pm as the Shoremen take on Normandy High School who finished second to Avon Lake during the regular season in the GCHSHL Blue North Division.